Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula ' Essay

1178 Words Oct 19th, 2015 5 Pages
In the novel Sula, by Toni Morrison, the main character, Sula Peace, has a birthmark over her eye that each character she meets interprets differently. The way these characters see Sula’s birthmark highlights their individual relationships with her, as well as some of their own character traits. Jude Greene, the husband of Nel, who is one of Sula’s childhood friends, sees her birthmark as a copperhead snake the first time he meets Sula. Jude’s perception of Sula’s birthmark as a copperhead represents the darker side of humanity usually associated with snakes, things like temptation, evil, and sin, all stemming back to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Jude eventually gives into these temptations and holds true to the fact that the name Jude typically means with betrayal, as he abandons Nel and leaves her for Sula, highlighting these qualities of disloyalty in himself, despite his best efforts to become the man society would deem as “ideal”. Jude begins to explore a dangerous side of human emotions and behavior, as he is willing to risk his family and the life he built for himself in order to be with Sula, who represents all of these things. Jude Greene is a man driven by the need and desire to have his masculinity respected, as well as to control things seemingly out of his control, especially evident in his desires to work the same jobs that white men do, despite the fact that he never gets the jobs because of his race, something that he cannot control.…

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